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Crawshay's Zebra Safari

This superb safari combines two of Zambia’s best national parks, the South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi. The camps are small and high quality with excellent safari guides.

Crawshay's Zebra Safari: Summary

Crawshay's Zebra Safari in a nutshell

This trip starts in the South Luangwa, which harbours a very rich flora and fauna and is home to a few species found nowhere else in southern Africa, including Thornicroft’s giraffe, Cookson’s wildebeest and Crawshay’s zebra. Here you will spend 5 nights at two camps, Nkwali and Tena Tena, in superb wildlife viewing areas. Run by Robin Pope Safaris, both camps have been operating for many years and have built up a very good reputation for providing excellent safaris.

Smaller and less-visited, the Lower Zambezi National Park is bordered by the Zambezi River, where the majority of the wildlife congregates. This, too, is where the sister camps of Chiawa and Old Mondoro are located, although distances between camps here are large so you very rarely see other vehicles on a game drive. Both camps are first class, with guiding up there with the very best.

With canoeing and boat safaris available in the Lower Zambezi and day/night game drives and walking safaris offered in both parks, this safari is perfect for the more adventurous safari-goer.

Zambia's climate is generally fine and dry from June to October.

At a glance

Starts: Lusaka International Airport
3 nights Nkwali - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Tena Tena - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Chiawa Camp - Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Old Mondoro Bushcamp - Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia Full Board & Activities
Ends: Lusaka International Airport

Nkwali

Days 1-4

Built on the banks of the Luangwa River, Nkwali Camp sits in the shade of tall mahogany, ebony and sausage trees. Owned and run by Robin Pope Safaris it is well-situated a relatively short drive from Mfuwe Airport, overlooking South Luangwa National Park.

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Tena Tena

Days 4-6

On the north side of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, Tena Tena lies in the remote but game-rich Nsefu Sector. Due to the changing course of the river, the camp was moved about a kilometre upstream in 2012, and while it is still on the riverbank, the river itself can be some distance away during the dry season. The camp, which is run by Robin Pope Safaris, focuses on excellent guiding and flexible activities, with personal service and attention, all in very comfortable surroundings.

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Chiawa Camp

Days 6-9

On the banks of the Zambezi River, beneath a grove of mahogany trees, Chiawa Camp sits in the heart of Zambia's wildlife-rich Lower Zambezi National Park. Chiawa was the first camp in the park, opened by the Cumings family in 1989, and is still run by Grant Cumings. Over the years, it has evolved in size and comfort to a high degree of understated luxury.

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Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Days 9-11

Taking its name from the Shona word for “lion”, Old Mondoro is owned and operated by the Cumings family. It's a small, relatively simple bushcamp situated in a remote area of Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park, and overlooks reed islands in the Zambezi River where elephants regularly feed and hippos bask.

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Nkwali

Nkwali

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tena Tena

Tena Tena

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Chiawa Camp

Chiawa Camp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Old Mondoro Bushcamp

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

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Highlights

Five great experiences from Crawshay's Zebra Safari

  • Hot coffee overlooking the river at first light
  • Our guide leading us through a herd of buffalo
  • Frequent leopard sightings on great night drives
  • A flock of crowned cranes taking off in Nsefu
  • Learning to track game through the bush

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Crawshay's Zebra Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Canoeing

  • Cultural excursion

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

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Key species to see on the Crawshay's Zebra Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Crawshay's Zebra Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Leopard

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Giraffe

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Spotted Hyena

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Wild dog

82% chance

Wildebeest

29% chance

Aardvark

26% chance

Eland

26% chance

Roan antelope

9% chance

Sable antelope

9% chance

Cheetah

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this safari

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Crawshay's Zebra Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.


Tribal Textiles Tour

Tribal Textiles Tour

One - two hours

Visit the Tribal Textiles workshop, where hand-painted textiles are produced by more than a hundred local people. The workshop is close to Mfuwe Airport, so is ideally placed for a stop en route to/from the South Luangwa. With products ranging from cushion covers to bags and T-shirts, it's a great place for souvenir shopping while at the same time supporting the local community.

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Kawaza Village Visit

Kawaza Village Visit

Two to three hours

Just outside Zambia's South Luangwa National Park lies a normal, working rural African village which is open and welcoming to visitors to the Luangwa valley. There is nothing artificial or contrived about Kawaza Village, and it offers a rare opportunity to experience and appreciate Kunda culture, and meet local Zambians.

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